Could Hamilton Be Made Today?

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton bow to the audience after opening night on Broadway in 2015. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Just five years ago, it was fine for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical to adore our now-problematic Founders.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ay, kids, have you heard of this fun Broadway musical called Hamilton? It retells the story of the Revolution and the Founding in a delightful, contemporary idiom enriched by hip-hop and R&B. And all of the major American characters are played by minorities! It’s such a vibrant example of [gigantic Monty Python foot comes down from the heavens and squashes me flat].

I’ll start again: Since it debuted on Broadway in 2015, Hamilton has already become a relic of a different age. It would take considerably more courage to launch it today: black and brown Americans singing, dancing, and rapping in


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